Bulawayo’s typhoid death toll has risen to 13 after a Grade Four primary school pupil succumbed to the illness.
The tragedy was announced by the chairperson of the Community Action Group for Good Governance, Nikiwe Ncube Tshabalala while addressing members of the media on Friday. She said:
We are appalled by the ongoing deaths in Bulawayo. So far 13 cases of typhoid have been recorded with the most recent one being of a Grade Four pupil who passed away yesterday (Thursday). The issue is really sad.
With a spate of deaths related to water-borne diseases, we saw it fit that we take action as Bulawayo citizens because we realise this outbreak can affect anyone.
Tshabalala urged Bulawayo residents to join hands to address the issue bedevilling Luveve, a suburb in the second-largest city in the country.
She also accused the Bulawayo City Council of being arrogant and denying responsibility.
Bulawayo is facing an acute shortage of water that has seen the local government authority rationing water, a measure that has seen most suburbs getting water for only 144 hours per week.